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Otsego Herald

January 30, 2014

Governor's Address


The Militia: “You will permit me, gentlemen, to remark ... that the want of some legal provision, whereby the burdn of defense may be more equitably diffused, and the less wealthy part of the community be relieved from the disproportionate share of actual service to which they are subjected by the existing laws, the want of legal power for enforcing summary obedience to the authority delegated to officers by the militia law, and to supply food, quarters and transportation for troops called out under state authority, render it impossible for the militia generals to repel invasions immediately and effectually.

Federal Taxes: “By an act of Congress passed in June last, a direct tax was laid upon the United States; and ... the sum of [$430,141.62] has been imposed upon the State of New-York ... The same law... entitles each state to a deduction of [15%] by paying its quota ... before ... the 20th day of February ... The savings to the citizens of the state [will amount to] about 65,000 dollars ... The ... sacrifices of the inhabitants of some counties ... would at this particular juncture [make it] unreasonable ... to levy upon them any part of the direct tax. The state can advance the present tax without any material embarrassment of its treasury or call upon its citizens ...

Domestic Events: “The progress and success of domestic manufactures and improvements of every kind—the high price obtained by the husbandman for the products of his labor ... which has prevailed within our state during the last year, call upon us to render fervent gratitude to that ... Providence who has mingled so many of the enjoyments and benefits of peace with the afflictions of war ... [Governor] DANIEL D. TOMPKINS. Albany, Jan. 25, 1814.”

Minimum “Wages”

Whereas a number of the Mechanics of the towns of Milford, Otego and Laurens, have had a meeting at the house of L. Jencks, in the town of Otsego — and, after consideration of the advance of Grain and other commodities, have thought proper to request the Mechanics of the different towns in this county to meet at the Inn of B. Fitch, in the village of Cooperstown, on the 19th day of February next, at noon, there mutually to agree on the prices of their work, that they may be enabled to support their families and pay the Farmers and vendors of goods, wares and merchandise, their dues.

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    August 14, 2014

  • Battle of Lundy's Lane The Late Bloody Battle. -- Extract from a letter from Dr. E. L. Allen, of the 21st Regt....Buffalo, 26th, July 1814

    August 7, 2014

  • NAVY IN SOUTH AMERICA British Perfidy New York, July 15th,1814--letter to Secretary of the Navy Sir--There are some facts relating to our enemy, and although not connected with the action, serve to shew [sic] his perfidy and should be known.

    July 31, 2014

  • General Swift killed Ontario Repository, July 19, We have received ... orders ... announcing that on Tuesday evening, July 12, Brigadier General John Swift, of Palmyra, in this county, was killed in a most perfidious manner, by one of the enemy. The General had volunteered to reconnoiter the enemy's positions and works at Fort George, and took with him 120 men.

    July 24, 2014

  • American victories at Chippewa From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o'clock in the morning.

    July 17, 2014

  • Civil War breaks out in Haiti The Baltimore American (extra) of the 22d, contains translations from the Royal Gazette of Hayti of the 23d of March; being official details of the capture of Fort Sabourin, by the troops of Christophe, from those of Petion, in a report of the Prince of Limbe, minister of war and marine, having under him the Duke of l’Arbonila and Duke of Grand Reviere, and 8 battalions of troops.

    July 10, 2014

  • Sacket's Harbor saved Dispatch from Brigadier-General Brown, to the Secretary of War ... June 1, 1813. SIR--You will have received my dispatch of the 29th [May] written from the field of battle ... that this post had been attacked by Sir George Prevost, and that we had succeeded in repulsing him ...

    July 3, 2014

  • Attack on Wareham undertaken Wareham [near New Bedford], June 14.... Yesterday morning we were informed of the approach of the enemy, and at about eleven o'clock A.M. they landed at the village called the Narrows, with a flag. There were six barges containing two hundred and twenty men.

    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014